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B996 – Trade Union and Strike Action Bill 2016 (Second Reading) Watch

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    B996 – Trade Union and Strike Action Bill 2016 (Second Reading), TSR Government
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    Limit the ability of Trade Unions to withdraw labour and increase transparency in Trade Unions.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1 Definitions
    (1) Striking refers to a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest.
    (2) Trade Union refers to an organized association of workers in a trade, group of trades, or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.
    (3) Essential services are all services that are required in to protect the citizens from danger, discomfort, or otherwise ensure normal access to important services such as clean water delivery or public transport. The specific services are to be defined, published and reviewed on a yearly basis by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    2 Strike Action
    (1) All essential services are disqualified from taking strike action.
    (2) Any non-essential service shall need a mandate of 50% of Trade Union support, and a turnout of at least 51% of the membership of the Trade Union.

    3 Information required on ballots
    (1) The ballot must include a summary of the matter or matters to which the proposed strike action relates.
    (2) The voting paper must indicate the period or periods within which the strike action is expected to take place.
    (3) the type or types of strike action must be specified either in the question itself or elsewhere on the voting paper.

    4 Duration and expiry of Strike Action
    (1) For this purpose a ballot is opened on the first day when a voting paper is sent to any person entitled to vote in the ballot.
    (2) 14 working days notice must be given to employers should a Trade Union have a mandate to conduct strike action.
    (3) Strike action that is regarded as having the support of a ballot shall cease to be so regarded after a period of 6 months from the date that which the ballots are opened or up to 9 months from the date that which the ballots are opened as is agreed between the Trade Union and the employer.

    5 Commencement, Extent and Short Title
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Trade Union and Strike Action Act 2016.
    (2) This Act applies to the United Kingdom.


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    – Changed 1(3).


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    This bill simplifies the way in which Trade Unions engage in strike action but in a way that doesn’t make it easier for them do so, resulting in strike action being unlikelier to occur. This bill also disqualifies all essential services from being able to engage in strike action, and this bill ensures that when a Trade Union does decide to engage in strike action it is with the wishes of a majority of the Trade Union. This bill makes sure that the information included on strike ballots are accurate and that Trade Union members are not at all misled which increases transparency for all trade union members.
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    Don't agree with 1(3) still.
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    1(3) is there to try and make this bill look more appealing - however in reality it gives the executive way too much flexibility and power to screw over unions.


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    Still no. Unions have too little power as-is.
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    (Original post by EricAteYou)
    I feel 1(3) is there to try and make this bill look more appealing - however in reality it gives the executive way too much flexibility and power to screw over unions.


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    "Strikes that cause discomfort"

    They are not familiar with the concept of striking I see.

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    (2) Any non-essential service shall need a mandate of 50% of Trade Union support, and a turnout of at least 51% of the membership of the Trade Union.
    This would make striking a more democratic process than general elections with Unions needing a stronger mandate, in regards to percentage, than any Government has gotten since the 1930s

    the type or types of strike action must be specified either in the question itself or elsewhere on the voting paper
    I mean I can see why this might seem a good idea in theory but given strike action can vary place to place for the same strike, and the 'type' of action could be defined to such small degrees I am unsure if this is well thought out and infact needed at all.

    (2) 14 working days notice must be given to employers should a Trade Union have a mandate to conduct strike action.
    two weeks after the ballot finishes, so maybe three weeks after a strike is called. If less than twenty people are facing redundancies they will be gone before the ballot finishes, if 20-99 people face redundancies. It would leave around 9 days if 20-99 people face redundancies. Furthermore if the strike is over Health and Safety or a contract the need might be more urgent, meaning a wait of two-three weeks just isn't viable for the workers.

    All in all this just adds to the inequal balance of power employers hold over employees, especially at times of high unemployment
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    Still a Nay, especially as the essential services are not defined.
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    Yeahhh....no.

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    Again, I'd like to hear some justification for this degrading bill from some of our Liberal colleagues. The silence is deafening.

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    This is rather interesting, I second That Bearded Man - why are the liberals supporting this...? Trade unions don't exactly have a bounty of power atm and you're trying to strip even more away.
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    Aye.
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    strikes are an essential method of industrial action.

    Nay
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    This bill is in cessation.
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    This bill has been withdrawn.
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    Division! Clear the lobbies!
 
 
 
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